The Sims Edit
- Formal (adults only)
- Winterwear (The Sims: Vacation)
- High Fashion (The Sims: Superstar, adults only)
- Princely (The Sims: Makin' Magic, Prince Sims only)
There are also several categories of costumes, which can only be selected from the Porta-Parody Costume Trunk included with House Party. Note that the Formalwear and Swimsuits options are entirely separate from the standard Formal and Swimsuit categories.
Sims wear Normal clothes by default, and they are the only clothing option available in Create-A-Sim. It is not possible to purchase Normal outfits, as wardrobes contain all available everyday clothes. Prior to Hot Date, the wardrobe's "Change Clothes" option would change a Sim into the next available Normal outfit for his or her age, gender, and skin tone, even if it didn't use the same body type. If Hot Date or a later expansion is installed, the "Change Clothes" option opens a dialog which allows the player to individually preview and select an outfit that matches the Sim's age, gender, skin tone, and body type. However, custom wardrobes based on pre-Hot Date wardrobes still work in the old way.
Hot Date introduces the ability to purchase new outfits for other categories, which can be bought on community lots. However, the new outfit replaces the old one, meaning that a Sim can only have one of each type of clothing at any given time. Vacation introduces Winterwear, Superstar introduces the High Fashion category, while Makin' Magic introduces Princely attire exclusively for Prince Sims.
Every category of clothing has its own individual clothing rack, which only allows Sims to buy that type of clothing. There are also two racks that allow Sims to buy several different categories of clothing. One, included in Hot Date is for adults, while the other, included in Vacation, is for kids. In addition to the specially designated kids' clothing rack, children can use the racks for Swimsuits, PJs and Winterwear, as long as they're in one of the community areas that kids can travel to.
Players can have Sims try on outfits before buying them. The Sim will go into a changing booth, change into the selected outfit, and pose in front of a mirror. After a short time, the clerk will approach the Sim, and the player will be asked if they want to have the Sim buy that outfit. If the answer is "Yes", the Sim will follow the clerk to the register and pay for the outfit. A Sim who is on a date can buy for his or her companion, and can have that Sim try on an outfit.
Clothing racks included in Hot Date and Vacation are not carried forward from those expansion packs. Games with later expansions installed may feature the alternate clothing, and allow the player to use it, but have no object to purchase it from. Players will be able to access it by using a third-party utility or a hacked wardrobe.
The clothing racks, by expansion pack, are:
|Name of object||Category||Price||Expansion||Age|
|"Don't Mention It" Lingerie Rack||PJs||§75||Hot Date||All|
|TresSheik Formalwear Display||Formal||§149||Hot Date||Adults|
|Tubula Swim Suit Display||Swimsuit||§45||Hot Date||All|
|Ploomie's Garment Rack||
|SlopeStyle Skiwear Rack||Winterwear||§100||Vacation||All|
|Bob's Haute Coutoure Rack||High Fashion||§249||Superstar||Adults|
In Makin' Magic, Sims can kiss toads, which may result in one turning into a Prince. A Prince will gain an extra clothing category, "Princely", consisting solely of gold and purple finery. There are no other options for Princely outfits, and as it is not considered a true category in the game's code, it is not possible to custom create additional options.
The Sims 2 Edit
In The Sims 2, there are seven different categories of clothing:
- Everyday (§200 - available as tops, bottoms, or whole outfits)
- Formal (§400)
- PJs (§75)
- Undies (§50)
- Swimwear (§150)
- Athletic/Gym Clothes[n 1] (§100 - not available for toddlers. Available for children with FreeTime)
- Outerwear [TS2:S](§300).
- Special (hidden - contains uniforms for NPCs)
Sims receive a new set of clothing when they age. Otherwise Sims must go to community lots to purchase more clothes. While clothing is expensive, it lasts forever, never needs washing, and one size really does fit all. Clothes can be placed in more than one category. For example, an Athletic outfit may be cross-categorized as Everyday. Even if an item of clothing is in more than one category, it only needs to be bought once.
Sims can change and plan outfits with a dresser. Most outfits are one-piece outfits. but Everyday clothes can also be bought as separate tops and bottoms, which allows players to mix-and-match tops and bottoms for unique Everyday two-piece outfits. Beginning with Bon Voyage, changing booths could be used as dressers, giving Sims the ability to wear outfits they had just bought.
In The Sims 2, all clothing racks sell all types of clothing. Since clothes are bought for the household, not for the individual Sim, Sims can buy clothes for other ages, and for the opposite gender. So, teens, adults, and elders can buy for toddlers and children; and teens and adults can buy for their next life stage. However, young adult clothing can only be bought on college community lots, so teens cannot plan their college wardrobe ahead of time. Also, young adults getting ready to leave campus cannot buy their adult clothing in advance. (Young adults can go to other areas and buy adult clothing, but will not keep it when they leave campus.)
Players can have Sims try on outfits for their own age and gender. This can be useful, as the "mannequin" figure that appears when using the Buy option for the Sim's age and gender isn't always a good representation of the Sim. For example, the "mannequin" will generally be light-skinned, even if the Sim is not. Also, while children cannot buy clothes, they can try them on. The player will not be given the option to add tried-on clothes to the Sim's cart, so having them buy those clothes will involve using a clothing rack's Buy option, and finding them again. When a Sim tries on an outfit, he or she will go into a changing booth, change into the outfit, and pose in front of a mirror. After a short time, the Sim will go back into the booth, change back into what he or she was wearing before, and go back to the rack. It appears that the Sim will use what he or she considers to be the closest available booth. If the Sim decides that that booth is inaccessible, he or she will spin-change at that point, pose briefly, then change back and return to the rack. If there is no changing booths, the Sim will spin-change into the selected outfit, then quickly change back out of it.
Clothing racks use the same thumbnails that Create a Sim uses, but do not give access to the collections that are available in CAS.
Clothes and movingEdit
Since clothes are bought for the household, they travel with the household, not necessarily with individual Sims. If the household moves from one lot to another, the household's wardrobe should go with it. However, when individual Sims move directly from one household to another, they might not carry any clothes other than the ones they are wearing and any special outfits they may have acquired. The game appears to maintain this distinction even for single-Sim households. If a Sim who is the only member of a household marries or moves into another, that Sim's wardrobe may not travel with him/her.
- ↑ "Athletic" is used in CAS, while "Gym Clothes" is used in dressers and clothing racks.
The Sims 3 Edit
In The Sims 3, there are different categories of clothing:
- Martial Arts[TS3:WA]
- Skinny Dipping Towel[TS3:LN]
There are no longer clothing shops as Sims have access to all outfits except special career outfits. In The Sims 3, players have the ability to customize the pattern and color of every article of clothing. Shoes are now separate from the rest of a Sim's clothes, and every outfit category has the ability to choose different tops and bottoms. Sims can now choose one of three different outfits from each category of clothing and wear them periodically. Also, hair can be assigned to an outfit, as featured in The Sims 2: Seasons. However, in order to assign hair to an outfit, the Sim must be wearing that category of clothing; which was not necessary in The Sims 2: Seasons. This method is difficult to be done in the game because changing Sim's appearance is separated into head (mirror) and outfit (dresser). This can be done more easily by using the makeover station from The Sims 3: Ambitions.
There are many types of clothing category in The Sims 3. Sims can choose their outfit for everyday, formalwear, sleepwear, swimwear, athletic, career[TS3:ST], and outerwear[TS3:S]. The undies category has been merged with sleepwear, so Sims will wear sleepwear after they WooHoo, for instance. Career outfit can be customized since patch 31, equivalent to Showtime, which enables more choice for Sims in their career or profession. Outerwear is worn by Sims during winter or cold weather so it keeps Sims warm longer than wearing anything else.
The rest categories are only used for special occasions, and they mostly cannot be customized. Naked and singed categories are the result when Sims take a bath or get singed. Sims gain martial arts clothing as they earn more skills in Martial Arts, and used when they practice Martial Arts and spar. Firefighting is used when Sims respond to an emergency if they work in Firefighter profession. Skinny dipping towel is used when Sim's clothes are hidden while they are skinny dipping, forcing them to wear towel to cover themselves. The ability to change outfit by self-clicking the Sim is locked, so they have to change clothes using the dresser manually. Racing, jumping, and bridle categories are for horses only. The game shares Sim and animal clothes as the same type, but their outfits are restricted to their species only.